Meghalaya: NPP led alliance gains an upper hand in GHADC, yet again!


TURA | Dec 22:

The political instability continues to haunt the Garo Hill Autonomous District Council (GHADC) with more dramatic change in the number giving the National People's Party (NPP) an upper hand, yet again after the Opposition Congress got reduced to the minority.

The Congress went down from claims of being in the majority to the minority again after a rebel BJP member returned to the NPP-led alliance, this week.

The Congress led opposition whose candidate Mettrinson G Momin won the election to the deputy chairman's post and pushed the ruling NPP executive committee into a minority, two weeks ago, appears to be back in action with a majority party.


"BJP MDC Bhupender Hajong who joined the opposition camp has returned to the NPP led Garo Hills Progressive Alliance fold. He has met both the Chairman Denang T Sangma and CEM Dipul Marak and given a letter of support," informed senior ruling MDC Augustine Marak.

According to Marak, the strength of the ruling alliance has touched a majority mark of 16 members, including the chairman and a nominated member.

The GHADC has 29 directly elected MDCs and one nominated member. The turmoil in the district council started when the ruling NPP alliance was reduced to a minority after two of it's executive members, Hajong and Independent Rightious Sangma deserted them to join the Congress alliance.

Since the political upheaval, the opposition Congress had been demanding for a no confidence motion to be moved, something that was rejected by the chairman, who abruptly adjourned the house sine die after the election to the post of deputy Chairman which the Dipul Marak EC lost to the opposition benches.

With the dramatic turn of events, the NPP appears optimistic of completing it's term in office before the council elections which are due late next year.